Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fly near to space, in a balloon!

Forget rockets and spaceplanes, the way to travel above the Earth ahs to be in a balloon! Zero2Infinity's Bloon project looks like one of the most amazing experiences you could ever have (one would certainly hope so at €110000 per flight). Their helium filled balloon launches from a special dome, which can be transported anywhere in the world, and gradually inflates as it gets up to about 36km above the Earth for a three hour flight. From there you'll get amazing views of the Earth, seeing the curvature of the Earth, and the dark sky above. While that isn't high enough to experience zero-g the company claim their balloon can be flown in a way that can give zero-g (or lunar or martian gravity) for twenty-five second bursts - But with these kind of views who needs zero-g too?


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